There are only two healthy ways to lose weight naturally, through exercising and eating healthy.
There simply is no miraculous shortcut, and while this may seem palpable to some people it is overlooked far, far, too often.
You might still be wondering, if diet and exercise are the only ways to lose weight, then what are we doing here?
These natural remedies and recipes mentioned here will help you reach your ultimate goal.
If you use these in addition to eating well and working out, they can speed up the process.
There are many different contributing factors in weight loss or gaining weight, so the below remedies cover a wide range.
Before we go on, let’s have a simple understanding of the process our body goes through when dropping the weight.
Fat (along with protein and carbohydrates) is stored energy and Calories are the units that are used to measure the potential energy in said fats, carbs, and proteins.
Our body will convert fat to functional energy through a series of chemical processes, and excess energy (calories) that are not needed will be stored away.
To lose weight, we must expend more energy (or calories) that the body takes in. When we are using more than we taking in, our body draws on the stored fat to convert it to energy, which shrinks the fat cells.
While this is the basic process involved, we will also have to take into account genetic and ecological factors. How well the above process occurs does vary from individual to individual.
Blood sugar has a straight impact on your weight as it affects how hungry and how energetic you are. The more have the energy you have, the more likely you are to exercise.
If you have a blood sugar that is balanced you are less likely to have a disproportionally large appetite, and your body will be more apt to make use of the stored fat (energy) rather than keeping it docile.
While we debate about cinnamon effectiveness, more and more preliminary studies are coming out showing that cinnamon can aid in manage blood sugar levels.
You will need a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick and 8 ounces of fresh water.
Put the cinnamon in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Soak for 15 minutes before straining. Drinking 1-2 times daily.
Green Tea & Ginger
Some studies have identified three key components in green tea that could help manage weight-caffeine, catechins, and theanine.
Caffeine is just a general boost to our system and hastens a number of bodily processes, including metabolism related to weight.
Catechins are considered anti-oxidant flavonoids and are bigger in green tea rather than black tea due to a difference in processing.
Studies have shown that catechins can help reduce the absorption of lipids (fats) through the intestinal tract.
Theanine is an amino acid in green tea that encourages the release of dopamine, the chemical substance that makes you happy and relaxed.
The ginger added to green tea will aid in improving digestion and you can add a little flavor but no sugar or milk.
You will need a half inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped or a half teaspoon of ground ginger.
A teaspoon of green tea, 8 ounces of fresh water and Raw, organic honey (optional)
Put the green tea and ginger in a strainer or sieve and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Soaking green tea for too long can leave it with a bitter taste, so don’t surpass 3-4 minutes.
You can mix in a little raw honey if you really want to sweeten it, but avoid milk or sugar at all costs. Drink 1-2 cups a day on an empty stomach.
Rose Petal Water
The importance of rose petal water is supported more by anecdotal evidence than anything.
Rose petals serve as a very gentle diuretic. Diuretics encourages the kidneys to put more sodium (salt) into our urine.
This additional salt, in turn, draws water from our blood, reducing the amount of water in our circulatory system.
This is not a permanent weight loss, but the action encourages you to drink more thereby keeping your system flushed clean and hydrated. Staying hydrated can be hugely beneficial to losing weight.
You will need some Handful of fresh or dried rose petals.
Distilled water (roughly 1-2 cups) and a pot with a tightly fitting lid.
Note: Be sure the fresh rose petals you are using have not been treated with any sort of chemical like insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc.
Put the pot on the stove and put in the rose petals. Add just enough distilled water to submerge them. If some drift to the top it’s not a big deal.
Cover the pot with a tightly fitting cover and simmer until the petals lose most of their color (15-20 minutes).
Strain the liquid into a glass jar and keep in the fridge for up to 6 days. Drink about 1 to a half cup every morning on an empty stomach.
While popularly known as a stimulant to speed up a sluggish metabolism, Ginseng’s greatest quality is that it can aid fight fatigue, boost energy and as well help in mental alertness. This plant is huge when it comes to weight loss.
Because without energy, it’s hard to exercise and without exercise, it’s near impossible to lose weight at least in a healthy way.
In addition to enhancing energy, there is tentative proof that ginseng can help manage blood sugar levels, which also affects energy levels and appetite.
You will need a teaspoon of chopped American or Korean ginseng
8 ounces of fresh water and raw honey/lemon to taste (optional).
Chop the root and measure out a teaspoon per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the ginseng and cover, allowing it to soak for 5-9 minutes. Strain, add honey or lemon for taste if you like, and drink 1-2 a day.
Dandelion & Peppermint
Dandelion and peppermint tea is an excellent drink that will help keeps our liver healthy.
The liver is an incredible organ. Not only is it the only way to rightly detoxify our body, it also plays a vital role in many metabolic processes a lot of which affect weight.
In terms of fat metabolism, the liver contains a lot of cells that break down fats and turn them into usable energy and helping our liver helps our weight loss, as it plays a vital role in managing fats and their absorption.
Dandelion and peppermint both aid your liver. Dandelion has hepatoprotection properties, which means it has an ability to prevent damage to the liver.
Peppermint and dandelion both routinely stimulate the production of bile in the liver, aiding with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Mix these two together, and you have a potent liver protecting tea.
You will need a teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves and a teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
8 ounces of boiling water and Lemon to taste (optional)
Empty a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and soak, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, put lemon to taste if you like and drink a cup twice daily.
You can also prepare this with fresh dandelion leaves/roots and fresh peppermint, just use a rough handful of the fresh leaves for the quantity, but be absolutely sure that there have been no chemicals applied to them.